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On 18 May 2022, the Chair of the Working Group on Governance Issues, Ms Klara Rakhmetova, met with the Secretary-General, Mr Guy Lentz.  The meeting was held on the margins of the 13th Round of the modernisation negotiation of the Energy Charter Treaty in Brussels.

At the beginning of the meeting, Ms Rakhmetova, on behalf of Kazakhstan, congratulated the  Secretary-General on his appointment.

During the meeting, partners discussed the most pressing issues of international cooperation in the...

Ms Delgerel Bayandelger, seconded expert from the Mongolian Ministry of Energy, successfully completed her secondment at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

On behalf of the Secretariat, we express our gratitude for her contribution on the joint preparation of the International Energy Charter Forum, and for coordinating activities in connection with the Mongolian Chairmanship.

On 16 May 2022, H.E. Mr. Vepa Khadjiyev, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, has paid a visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat and held a meeting with Secretary-General Guy Lentz.  Using a rare opportunity and occasion of a visit of foreign official of such rank to the Secretariat, the parties held an engaging discussion, not least in view of the current geopolitical circumstances. 

The parties have discussed the issues related to the energy security, the changing Eurasian energy...

On 14 May 2022, H.E. Mr. Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Belgium, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the European Union, hosted a get-together to celebrate Eid and Bangladesh’s New Year. The event, attended by Deputy Secretary-General Atsuko Hirose, provided an opportunity to strengthen ties between Bangladesh and the Energy Charter Secretariat. 

On 11 May 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Mr. Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador and the Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union, and Ms Yelyzaveta Baienkova, the Second Secretary, at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

The Ambassador conveyed the latest situation in Ukraine, in particular, the damages inflicted on the critical energy infrastructure as the result of the Russian...

On 11 May 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Mr. G. Hossein Dehghani, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, at the Energy Charter Secretariat.

The Secretary-General explained to the Ambassador that the amendments to the Energy Charter Treaty were currently being negotiated, with a view to having the...

On 6 May 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Mr Luvsanvandan Bold, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia, and the Counsellor of the Embassy of Mongolia, Mr Manlajav Jambalsuren, at the Embassy.

The Secretary-General and the Ambassador discussed the Extraordinary Energy Charter Conference scheduled to take place in Brussels on 24 June 2022.  The Conference is being...

On 3 May 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Atsuko Hirose, met with H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, the Head of Mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the European Union, at the Embassy.

The Secretary-General presented the Ambassador with a copy of the recently printed In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan”, in both English and Russian versions.  The Ambassador expressed his...

The Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce that the English and Russian versions of the In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan is now available on our website.

The In-Depth Review was conducted in 2021 by the Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan and the final recommendation of the report was approved by the Energy Charter Conference in December 2021.

On 27 April 2022, the Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) held an online meeting with the Regions Unit of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to discuss synergies in work and engagement possibilities in ongoing projects.

During the meeting, the ECS and IRENA explored points of cooperation on their respective upcoming publications, including the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2022, the Joint Islamic Development Bank-ECS Special EIRA report and IRENA’s Renewable Readiness...

During the discussion at a meeting of a subsidiary committee of the Energy Charter Conference held today, the Delegation of Ukraine made a statement on the current situation in the country two months after the Russian invasion began, in particular, regarding its critical energy infrastructure as follows :

On 19-22 April 2022, the Twelfth Negotiation Round on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was held in the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (supplemented with videoconference).

The representative of the Ukrainian delegation informed the participants of the first meeting of the 12th round of negotiations about the ongoing military aggression of the Russia on the territory of Ukraine and the growing number of victims among the civilian population. Russian troops continue regular bombing of social infrastructure facilities (hospitals, schools, kindergartens, etc.), as well as energy infrastructure (factories, gas pipelines, etc.). A list was given of some of the...

On 19th April, H.E. Mr MASAKI Yasushi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the European Union, hosted an informal working dinner to conclude the first day of the 12th Round of Negotiations of the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty. The dinner was attended by Secretary-General Guy Lentz, Deputy Secretary-General Atsuko Hirose, the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Modernisation Group, as well the delegates who attended the negotiations in person.

The 12th Negotiation Round of the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty started on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 and will continue until Friday, 22 April 2022.

This is the first session held in a “hybrid” format since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 70 delegates attending in person at the headquarters of the Energy Charter Secretariat.